Beck Ks 13, Stanford routs Tech in Recreation 1

LUBBOCK— Brendan Beck set a career high with 13 strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings, Christian Robinson had four RBI, and Stanford beat Texas Tech 15-3 on Friday in Lubbock Super Regional to begin a best-of-three series.

Stanford (37-15) is seeking its first appearance in the College World Series since 2008. Texas Tech (39-16) needs to win the next two games to go to its fifth CWS in the last seven completed seasons.

Beck, who entered with a 1.69 ERA over his last four outings spanning 32 innings, allowed just two runs on six hits.

Tim Tawa, named the most outstanding player of the Stanford Regional last week, homered in the first to start a four-run inning, and Nick Brueser made it 5-1 in the sixth with his 11th homer of the season.


Kody Huff hit his second double of the game in the seventh with the bases loaded, scoring two for an 8-2 lead. Robinson added two RBIs on a single in the five-run inning.

Robinson’s two-RBI double in the eighth followed Brock Jones’ RBI double as Stanford added three runs.

Texas Tech starter Chase Hampton allowed four runs in 3 2/3 innings.

Cole Stilwell was 2 for 4, including his eighth homer of the season, and Nate Rombach hit his fourth homer in the last eight games.

 

VANDERBILT 2

E. CAROLINA 0

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Kumar Rocker struck out 11 in 7 2/3 innings, while allowing just three hits, and Vanderbilt held off East Carolina 2-0 on Friday to begin a best-of-three series in the Nashville Super Regional.

Vanderbilt (44-15), the No. 4 overall seed, can secure its fifth trip to the College World Series – all coming since 2011 — with a win over East Carolina (44-16) on Saturday. ECU needs two straight wins to advance to its first trip in program history.

Rocker (13-3) and ECU starter Gavin Williams combined for 24 strikeouts.

Rocker threw 117 pitches, the last leading to Connor Norby’s two-out single. Nick Maldonado got the final out of the inning and Luke Murphy picked up his eighth save.

Williams (10-1) lost for the first time this season despite tying a career high with 13 strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings.

Vanderbilt freshman Enrique Bradfield Jr., the nation’s leader in stolen bases, caused problems for ECU in the eighth. Bradfield led off the inning with an infield single, advanced to second on a wild pitch and reached third on a sacrifice bunt. Bradfield was called out at home on a fielder’s choice, but was ruled safe after an official review to make it 2-0.

East Carolina was shut out for just the second time this season.

 

ARKANSAS 21

NC STATE 2

FAYETTEVILLE — Robert Moore went 4-for5 with two home runs and a double, finishing with five runs batted in and five runs scored as No. 1 overall seed and top-ranked Arkansas overwhelmed North Carolina State 21-2 in Game 1 of the Fayetteville Super Regional on Friday.

Moore had plenty of help as the Razorbacks picked up their 50th win of the season against 11 losses. Charlie Welch went 3-for-4 with a homer and a double, driving in four and scoring four times while raising his average to .400 on the season. Cullen Smith had two hits, including a grand slam. Arkansas scored runs off six of the seven pitchers they faced.

Patrick Wicklander (7-1) went six innings in a start for Arkansas, allowing a run on six hits while striking out six. Wicklander surrendered a leadoff homer to Jose Torres in the top of the second, walked the next two batters before getting out of the jam. The Razorbacks answered with three runs in their half of the inning and never looked back, taking the lead for good on Moore’s two-run homer.

Austin Murr had an RBI triple in the ninth for the Wolfpack (33-18).

The two teams square off in Game 2 of the best-of-three series on Saturday.

 

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